California start-up Karmic have launched what they say is "the bike of the future" called the Oslo. It has a throttle, three levels of assistance and no gears, and blurs the lines between e-bike and scooter more than we've ever seen before.
Karmic say they believe "mobility is opportunity and unlocks the potential in everyone", and the Oslo is the answer with sustainability at its core, and a design that they think will get more people on electric bikes - even those who would never consider themselves to be cyclists.
The patent-pending design includes a long, comfortable saddle with storage underneath to stash your valuables. it has a top speed of 20mph (which means you'll need to register it as a pedelec in the UK) and the standard battery pack give you up to 20 miles of "real world" range. There are three levels of assistance: 'eco', 'normal' and 'boost'.
Karmic say the throttle is a useful addition for setting you off at traffic lights quickly and easily, and it's probably also more fun of course.
Karmic's crowdfunder for the Oslo has currently raised £11,646 of their £160,000 goal, and early backers can reserve a Founder Edition for $1,499 (around £1,200). Check it out on Kickstarter here and find out more on the Karmic website here.